THE €100,000 mark is generally hallowed ground at the Sportsman’s Sale but there was a further six-figure transaction on Friday the following afternoon when a colt from the first crop of the 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia fetched €145,000.
This colt is a half-brother to two winners including the former Irish-based Rhea Moon who is progressing into a significant force in America.
Her former trainer Ken Condon had to settle for the role of underbidder to Nico Archdale who was acting for Johnny Hassett’s Get In The Game concept.
Get In The Game offers microshare ownership opportunities in the yearling to breeze-up sales process and has created a level of accessibility that would previously have been unattainable for many bloodstock enthusiasts.
This is the second year of the Get In The Game concept and already 16 yearlings have been gathered up for next year’s round of breeze-up sales.
The previous afternoon yielded another Get In The Game purchase when Emma Chilcot, an integral member of Hassett’s Bloodstock Connection team, spent €90,000 on a daughter of Sioux Nation who has done so well with his first runners this year.
The filly was sold by Patrick Headon’s Wraymount Stud and enjoyed a major boost to her pedigree this year when her juvenile half-sister Manhattan Jungle won in France.
The second and concluding session of the sale wasn’t short of notable activity and Gordon Elliott made his presence felt when going to €82,000 for a Peter Nolan-consigned filly from the first crop of the Irish 2000 Guineas winner Phoenix Of Spain.
This filly was purchased on behalf of Noel and Valerie Moran’s Bective Stud and represented a return to familiar territory for both owner and trainer as she is a half-sister to their high class hurdler and multiple Grade 1-placed runner Zanahiyr.
The €82,000 mark was also reached by a son of Zoustar who fell to an online bid from a combination of Nick Bradley and David Redvers.
This colt boasts one of the most significant updates in the sale as he is a half-brother to this season’s dual two-year-old winner and Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes second Marshman who races in the colours of the Nick Bradley Racing Club.